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Paladino Named Student-Athlete of the Week

May 16, 2016

MORGANTOWN, W.Va.  – Following her silver-medal performance in the 1,500-meter run at the 2016 Big 12 Outdoor Championship, sophomore Millie Paladino of the West Virginia University track and field team has been named the WVU Student-Athlete of the Week, presented by University Apartments.

At the three-day conference championship, Paladino qualified for the finals in the 1,500-meter after winning her prelim on May 14 with a career-best time of 4:41.09, the fifth-fastest time in WVU outdoor history. She improved 0.26 seconds from her previous best time, set in the 2015 outdoor season.

The Morgantown, West Virginia, native, won a silver medal in the finals on May 15, after crossing the finish line in second place with a time of 4:22.01. Paladino was one of eight Mountaineers to earn All-Big 12 honors for placing in the top eight.

Paladino’s time is tied for the seventh-fastest time in the Big 12 this year and is No. 71 in the country. She also ranks 25th in the NCAA Division I East Outdoor qualifying list.

This Week in Baseball: West Virginia finishes the season on the road … the season-ending roadtrip begins at Pitt on Tuesday, May 17 at 6 p.m. ET … WVU then travels to No. 7 Texas Tech from May 19-21 before the Big 12 Championship begins on May 25.

Last Week in Baseball: West Virginia went 4-0 last week, with a 4-1 win against Maryland before a sweep of William & Mary to conclude the home season … in the opening game of a doubleheader against William & Mary on Friday, WVU rallied from a 7-0 deficit in the seventh inning to score eight unanswered runs to win 8-7 in 10 innings … sophomore Shaun Corso drove in the game-tying run in a four-run eighth inning and singled home the winning run in the 10th … in Friday’s nightcap, WVU earned another 1-run victory, 7-6. After an off day on Saturday, the Mountaineers jumped out with four runs in the first inning to beat W&M, 6-1 on Senior Day.
Notes: West Virginia improved to 31-19 on the season and 20-10 at home after a 4-0 week … WVU has won nine in a row, the longest winning streak since WVU won 11 in a row in 2008 … WVU has swept back-to-back series for the first time since 2008 … a total of 40,390 fans filled Monongalia County Ballpark in 2016, the highest home attendance in team history … WVU improved to 11-4 in one-run games … before Sunday’s game, coach Randy Mazey and WVU Director of Athletics Shane Lyons honored the team’s senior class (Jeff Hardy, KC Huth, Blake Smith and Ross Vance) and graduating student-athletes (seniors Jeff Hardy, KC Huth, Ross Vance and juniors Jackson Sigman and Shaun Wood) … in Friday’s opener against William & Mary, junior Chad Donato recorded his 100th strikeout of the season to become the ninth player in team history to strike out 100 batters in a single season … senior Blake Smith picked up two saves and a win on the week and now has eight saves this season, the second-most in a single season in program history … junior Jackson Cramer hit two home runs last week and now has eight on the season and 17 in his career … junior Shaun Wood hit his third homer of the season and 14th of his career on Friday … freshman Braden Zarbnisky earned the win in Friday’s second game to improve to 4-0 on the season … sophomore Conner Dotson won his second consecutive start and has a team-best six wins.

This Week in Rowing: West Virginia concluded its 2016 campaign at the 2016 Big 12 Rowing Championship, held on May 14-15.

Last Week in Rowing: The Mountaineers raced at the 2016 Big 12 Rowing Championship on May 14-15, in Oak Ridge, Tennessee … the Mountaineers collected 12 team points to finish eighth overall … among Big 12 foes, WVU was fifth with 57 team points.

Notes: WVU’s second varsity eight boat finished in fifth place overall with a Grand Final time of 7:13.679 … the Mountaineers placed fifth out of eight crews to place one spot higher than its original seed … West Virginia’s second varsity four crew captured a first-place finish in the Petite Final with a time of 8:09.853 … WVU placed seventh overall in the second varsity four event to also place one spot higher than its original seed … additionally, the first varsity eight boat placed second with a Petite Final time of 7:03.769, just two seconds shy of Alabama’s crew (7:01.659) … the third varsity eight boat crossed the finish line with a Petite Final time of 7:29.100 to place second behind Old Dominion (7:27.592) … the first varsity four crew completed the 2,000-meter course with a Petite Final time of 8:13.037 to place second behind Big 12 foe Kansas State (7:51.015) … this weekend’s championship marked the final race for four Mountaineer seniors: Sadie Kalathunkal, Susannah Hartlove, Elizabeth Kantak and Brittany James … Kantak capped her career by being named to the All-Big 12 Rowing Team.

Coach Jimmy King following the second day of competition at the Big 12 Championship: “The racing effort put forth by our crews today was very good. Our second varsity eight and second varsity four finished one spot higher than their seeds. Overall, our team raced more competitively than in years past.”

This week in Track and Field: The Mountaineers will await the announcement of the official list of qualifiers for the 2016 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field East Preliminary Championships from May 26-28 at Hodges Stadium in Jacksonville, Florida.

Last Week in Track and Field: The West Virginia University track and field team completed the three-day Big 12 Outdoor Championship, earning a total of eight All-Big 12 accolades in Fort Worth, Texas, from May 13-15.

Notes: At the three-day championship, eight Mountaineers earned All-Big 12 honors for placing in the top eight: senior Hannah Stone, junior Amy Cashin, sophomores Sara Finfrock, Jillian Forsey, Shamoya McNeil and Millie Paladino and freshmen Danique Bryan and Faith Penny … on Sunday, six Mountaineers earned All-Big 12 honors: Cashin, Forsey, McNeil, Paladino, Penny and Stone, including two silver medals from Cashin and Paladino … Cashin appeared on the Big 12 podium after finishing in second place in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 10:23.68 … she was just 6.46 seconds away from beating Oklahoma State’s Ingeborg Loevnes to win the title … WVU’s other silver medal came from Paladino in the finals of the 1,500-meter run … Paladino crossed the finish line in second place with a time of 4:22.01 … she qualified for the finals after winning her prelim on Saturday with a career-best time of 4:21.09, the fifth-best time in WVU’s outdoor history … Stone placed fourth in the high jump, marking 1.71 meters to earn a spot on the podium and All-Big 12 honors … Penny tied for sixth place in the event with a mark of 1.66 meters, also good for All-Big 12 accolades .. in the triple jump, McNeil placed sixth with a leap of 12.67 meters to also earn a spot on the All-Big 12 Team … West Virginia took another top-six finish in the 5,000-meter run as Forsey placed sixth with a time of 16:42.18 … on Saturday, two Mountaineers, Bryan and Finfrock, earned All-Big 12 honors.

Coach Sean Cleary after the Big 12 Outdoor Championship: “We came to Texas looking to put eight athletes on the stand to be named to the All-Big 12 Team. I am pleased that we were able to accomplish that goal. Our freshman and sophomore class earned seven of those honors. We will take this momentum and run with it. I can say this about our team, we came to this meet and will return home knowing that every young lady who competed for the blue and gold did so with the utmost pride and effort.”

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